Tuesday, June 9, 2015
So You're Beginning A New Story...
For me, I like to outline my idea. That way I can do research as I go, throw out those parts that don't work right and re-arrange the ideas to make a logical flow of content. I use 3x5 cards (sometime 5x8) for my outline. They usually work not only for the outline, but for character interviews. They help me keep track of the players in the story.
Another thing I've tried lately is using a mini-recorder. I tape my thoughts about a story at different times during the day. This works to catch subtle ideas that I wouldn't necessarily see when I'm working at writing them down on paper. When I play the recorder back I can also develop new plot ideas and new twists and turns while I'm listening. This has helped me on my latest story idea, a sequel to my new novel Galaxy Nomads: Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan.
How do you begin a story? What tricks of the trade do you like best? Can you add your own ideas to these?